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The Next Secretary of Health & Human Services in the Obama Administration

Via the Associated Press:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle has accepted President-elect Barack Obama’s offer to be Secretary of Health and Human Services, Democratic officials said Wednesday. The appointment has not been announced, but these officials said the job is Daschle’s, barring an unforeseen problem as Obama’s team reviews the background of the South Dakota Democrat.

Daschle’s wife might be a small problem though – she’s a lobbyist for the airline industry.

One area of review will include the lobbying connections of his wife, Linda Hall Daschle, who has lobbied mostly on behalf of airline-related companies over the years. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

Because Daschle was one of the leaders who tried to pass universal health care during his tenure in the Senate, this is probably a good pick.  However, I think outgoing DNC Chair Howard Dean would have also been a good fit for this position, but maybe Obama will name him Surgeon General instead.  Despite how well Governor Dean ran the DNC, he is a trained medical doctor by profession, and would probably be the best Surgeon General since Dr. David Satcher.

Your thoughts, JJP readers?

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